20 overdoses in 24 hours in Springfield following warning of 'bad batch'
UPDATE- 39 people were taken to the emergency room here at Springfield regional medical center after overdosing during a 48-hour period from Thursday to Saturday. Luckily those people were all saved.
The Clark County Coroner's Office says at least one person died from an overdose each one of those days.
We talked with Anita Biles, the PIO for the Clark County Combined Health District.
The latest overdose deaths out of Clark County show 23 people died between the first of the year and February 11th.
"Which is way higher than what we had last year. I believe last year we had 73 total," Biles said.
If the deaths keep pace, that would mean more than 200 people would die from overdoses.
An average of six overdose victims come through the ER a day in Springfield. That's one every four hours but during this latest spike, an OD victim was coming in just about every 75 minutes.
"We need to figure out how to do a warm handoff at the ER so that that person is taken somewhere safe, like a safehouse... so you can take that person there and they have medication so they can detox," Wendy Doolittle with McKinley Hall Treatment Center said.
Just because an addict ends up in the ER doesn't mean they'll get help though.
"It could be there rock bottom because some people have been there several times. You're only going to get so many chances to overdose before it's going to be the last time," Doolittle said.
These spikes typically come from heroin laced with another drug like fentanyl or the even more potent carfentinil, which can be a 10-100 thousand times more powerful than morphine.
Not everyone who overdoses and is saved goes to the ER.
Fire crews work to get OD victims to the hospital but they can refuse to be treated.
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - In 48 hours in Springfield, nearly 40 people overdosed. Twenty people were seen in the emergency room in Springfield in just 24 hours for overdoses.
Officials with Clark County Public Health say the 20 people who visited the E.R. came in between 5:00 a.m. Friday, April 14 and 5:00 a.m. Saturday, April 15. The news comes as Springfield Police put out an alert on Friday (April 14) about a 'bad batch' of heroin they believe is circulating the streets of Springfield.
On Friday, police called Fox 45 to report that 19 people had overdosed in a 24 hour period. With the new numbers reported this morning by Public Health officials, it means 39 people overdosed in just 48 hours. Authorities do say two people have died from what they suspect is heroin, but the cause of their deaths have not yet been confirmed by an autopsy.
Just last week in Springfield's neighboring county, Montgomery, Sheriff Phil Plummer held a news conference with other authorities following a large fentanyl bust. Plummer said he and other county authorities are hoping to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid use. So far this year in Montgomery County there have been between 182 and 208 deadly overdoses. If this continue on the same pace, the county could suffer between 750 and 800 overdose deaths this year.